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Back Talk with Timothy Karpinski

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009


We caught up with this Portland-based dreamer in time for his show opening at Thinkspace Gallery next week.


How do you feel right now?


Great, but tired, its 3:30 am, I can hear the rain pouring outside and I’m taking a break while some paint dries. I’ve been working till 4am every day for weeks…actually years now, but its fun and I love it.


If you could wake up in a different place tomorrow morning, where would it be and what would you do?


Somewhere in the middle of the ocean, on a sailboat, I’d dive off into the ocean for my morning shower.


If you lost your creative skill, how would you see yourself making a living?


Well, I’m a hard worker in general, so I’m sure I’ll always get by on that, but when I was working my way through art school, I was a landscaper and really loved working the land. I still plan on farming when I’m old, and I have a pretty damn good garden!
If you could punch one living contemporary artist, who would it be?


Whoa, I’m a lover not a fighter. But if I could kiss any, it would be: MIOKE


Was your first kiss worth writing a song about?


Not my first one, but my last one.


At what point were you particularly happy?


I’m pretty seasonal to be honest, the Portland winters are rough and I usually get cooped up in the studio, but this summer my roomies and I built a mini-ramp in my backyard and I felt like a kid again, so I guess I just answered the question.

No regrets allowed, but there must have been one?


Sometimes I regret not going out and partying instead of working. My studio mate and good buddies’ band "NURSES" played last night and I didn’t go so I could stay in and paint. So, does that count? But my other studio mate Mark did and had a wild night, can’t give details, but it sounded fun and I was here painting listening to NURSES, lame!

What trait do your friends have in common?


They are all stoners, HA! But for real, all my friends are really, really talented and really good people. I’m blessed with the people Im surrounded with; I forget it all the time. Seth Neefus, Mark Warren Jacques, David Wien, Mia Nolting, Nas Chompas are all my studio / roommates and amazingly talented artists and musicians that inspire me and drive me.
If you had to evacuate your home or studio, what's the one thing you would grab?


My cats Jackson and Samo from my home for sure. From my studio, hmm, maybe my favorite children’s book, Remy Charlips: "ARM in ARM", also right now, prob all the work for my show at Thinkspace:)


Greatest love of your life?


My lady’s smile:) it always makes things right. Besides that, just creating. Making things has always made things right for me.
What is your favorite vice?


Really cold beer and really loud music.


When you blow out the birthday candles, what do you wish for?


I can’t tell you, or it wont come true.


If you could play a character from a favorite film or TV show for a day, who would it be?


Bill Murray in any movie.


Do you ever lie?


Nope, I’m HONEST:)

Do you think viewers understand the intent of your work?


I hope so, at least the broad intent, which is usually love. There are hidden meanings and stories only I and a select few people would ever be able to decipher, many times I don’t even realize the intent ‘til much later, it’s very autobiographical.


What virtue can you do without?




Do you even notice when you're swearing?


Fuck no.
What has been your proudest moment?


Doing my laundry.


What would you like to be remembered for?


Whoa, I don’t think I’ve lived enough to answer that!


How would you prefer to die?


I’m going down with the ship for sure!

Timothy Karpinski's "My Heart Never Sleeps" opens at Thinkspace in LA on November 6th.


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